Race Report: Orlando
2007 Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series

It was a monumental evening—to say the least—in Orlando Florida on Saturday night, as the “Greatest of All Time, Ricky Carmichael, competed in his last Supercross event ever, and he did it in front of his hometown fans. Under beautiful sunny blue skies and warm temps, RC endured and enjoyed an emotional day filled with family, friends, cameras, interviews, and eventually his final laps under the bright lights of stadium Supercross. As you’ll soon read more about in the upcoming installment of Monday Kickstart, the G.O.A.T.’s weekend was made even more special and emotional, as his wife Ursula gave birth to beautiful twin babies (Kadin and Elise) during the wee hours of Friday morning. The past 48 hours have no doubt been hectic for the Champ, but when the gate finally dropped in his final Supercross main event ever, the thousands of fans on-hand witnessed one of the most epic battles in recent Supercross history. In the end, the Supercross torch was officially passed, as Ricky fell to the hands of James Stewart by a mere .968 seconds, but not before 20 laps of amazing racing action.

After a red flag and some crazy events went down amongst the East Coast’s tiddler-class heroes, 2003 East Coast 125cc Supercross Champion Branden Jesseman won his first race in several years. Want to find out more? Read on, my friends…

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT ONE

Capturing the first holeshot of the night was Ryan Morais aboard his Yamaha of Troy YZ250F, with Motoworld Racing.com’s Justin Brayton close in tow. Behind them, Broc Tickle and Kelly Smith battled for the third spot early on, but moving up quickly after a slow start was Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi. Alessi eventually got by Smith on the final lap to capture fourth, but Tickle held tough to take the third spot. Up front, Morais led the race wire-to-wire, taking the checkers just over a second in front of Brayton. Team Honda’s Tommy Hahn was another notable who suffered from a poor start, but after methodically picking off one rider at a time, Hahn piloted his CRF250R into the seventh qualifying spot. After looking extremely quick all day during the practice sessions, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Darcy Lange suffered from some bad luck on lap one, and eventually missed qualifying by a single position.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Morais
  2. Justin Brayton
  3. Broc Tickle
  4. Mike Alessi
  5. Kelly Smith
  6. Greg Schnell
  7. Tommy Hahn
  8. Yoshihide Fukudome
  9. Daryl Ecklund

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT TWO

In the second Lites-class heat race, factory Suzuki phenom Ryan Dungey entered turn one with the lead, but Sobe NoFear/Samsung/Honda’s Billy Laninovich snuck around the outside to take the early lead. Behind them, Team Red Bull KTM’s Jeff Alessi attempted to latch on to the leaders from the third spot, but he slowly faded back. On lap three, Dungey made his move on Laninovich for the lead, but Billy didn’t let him off easy, stocking him for the remainder of the heat. Dungey proved to be slightly quicker, however, and crept through the checkers to take the win by just a single second. Behind the leaders, Alessi rode smooth and consistent to hold on for third, although Matt Goerke and Ben Townley, both of whom suffered from poor starts, finished close behind in fourth and fifth.

RESULTS:

  1. Ryan Dungey
  2. Billy Laninovich
  3. Jeff Alessi
  4. Matt Goerke
  5. Ben Townley
  6. Robby Kiniry
  7. Branden Jesseman
  8. Travis Sewell
  9. Ryan Sipes

SUPERCROSS HEAT ONE

In his last Supercross heat race ever, Ricky Carmichael rocketed out of the gate quickly, but he came out of turn one in the third spot, as Chad Reed nailed down the holeshot, and Doug Dehaan snuck through in second. Ricky me quick work of Dehaan on the first lap, however, and a few turns later put a fairly aggressive block pass on Reed to take over the lead. Reed looked much quicker and smoother than he did earlier in the day during the practice sessions, keeping RC somewhat honest all the way to the finish. Behind the top two, Kevin Windham looked solid in third—though finishing ten seconds behind Reed—and Yamaha’s Grant Langston piloted his YZ450F in for fourth.

RESULTS:

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Grant Langston
  5. Brock Sellards
  6. Josh Summey
  7. Kevin Johnson
  8. Jason Thomas
  9. Cole Siebler

SUPERCROSS HEAT TWO

The heat two holeshot went to Jeff Gibson, but his lead was short-lived, as James “Bubba Stewart took it over just before the end of lap one after starting back near the fifth spot. Next to surpass Gibson on the Orlando circuit was Bubba’s teammate Tim Ferry, and the two factory Kawasaki pilots (and fellow Floridians) went on to take the top two spots with ease—Stewart finishing 18.6 seconds ahead of Ferry, and Ferry 10.6 seconds ahead of Gibson. Honda’s Davi Millsaps put in a solid effort to grab fourth after starting way back in the pack.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Tim Ferry
  3. Jeff Gibson
  4. Davi Millsaps
  5. Heath Voss
  6. David Vuillemin
  7. Paul Carpenter
  8. Ivan Tedesco
  9. Keith Johnson

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

After struggling in his qualifier, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Darcy Lange was the man to beat in the Lites LCQ. Tucker Hibbert did his part to prevent the Lange win, however, as he captured the holeshot and rode a solid four laps to take the win. Lange motored through turn number one of the race close behind in the third spot, but he just couldn’t lay down the laps needed to catch the leader, eventually rolling in for second less than two seconds behind. Behind them, Ricky Renner and Eric Nye snatched the final two transfer positions.

RESULTS:

  1. Tucker Hibbert
  2. Darcy Lange
  3. Ricky Renner
  4. Eric Nye

SUPERCROSS LCQ

Jacob Saylor aboard his YZ450F captured the holeshot in the Supercross LCQ, but behind him, Michael Byrne went down in turn one, slowing the rest of the pack into a temporary traffic jam. Ryan Clark was the quickest of the riders to get through, eventually piloting his number 32 Honda on to take the final qualifying position in the second spot. Finishing the LCQ near the back of the back, Byrne was forced to use his top-ten provisional start spot to transfer himself to the main event.

RESULTS:

  1. Jacob Saylor
  2. Ryan Clark

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

With 22 of the fastest East Coast Lites-class Supercross riders in the gate, it was Tommy Hahn who captured the holeshot aboard his factory Honda, with Ryan Dungey close behind. What happened next, however, was absolutely insane! As Hahn and Dungey rounded turn three, Matt Goerke went down hard upon landing off the triple in the lane behind them. Goerke’s bike shot out into Dungey—who was ripping through the whoops in the next lane—forcing him to the ground hard. Shortly thereafter, the race was red flagged due to too many downed riders, but unfortunately for Dungey, he was unable to make the restart thanks to some un-repairable damage to his bike.

Speaking of the restart, Billy Laninovich grabbed the lead as the pack rounded turn one, with Motoworld Racing.com’s Branden Jesseman close behind in second. Behind Jesseman, Ben Townley and Ryan Morais sorted themselves out into third and fourth, respectively, and by lap three, Mike Alessi had moved into the fifth spot. To start lap six, Jesseman got by Laninovich for the lead, and Townley pulled to within a second or two of them both. As they crossed the finish line to complete lap nine, Townley pushed Laninovich wide in the following corner, momentarily taking the lead. Laninovich retaliated quickly, however, with an aggressive block to snatch the position back, ultimately sending Townley to the ground. A lap and a half later, Alessi caught up to Laninovich and made the pass to take over second, and then Ryan Morais quickly made a move of his own to displace Laninovich for third. Next to drop Billy—who had clearly hit the wall at this point—was Darcy Lange aboard his KX250F. On the last lap, Alessi pulled to within a second of Jesseman, but in the final corner, the KTM rider tipped his bike into a tough block, allowing himself to get passed by both Morais and Lange. When all was said and done, the final order was Jesseman, Morais, Lange, Alessi, and Laninovich. Wow!

With Orlando in the books, Morais pulled out to a six-point lead over Lange in the championship points race.

RESULTS:

  1. Branden Jesseman
  2. Ryan Morais
  3. Darcy Lange
  4. Mike Alessi
  5. Billy Laninovich
  6. Justin Brayton
  7. Ben Townley
  8. Robby Kiniry
  9. Jeff Alessi
  10. Tucker Hibbert
  11. Tommy Hahn
  12. Ricky Renner
  13. Greg Schnell
  14. Travis Sewell
  15. Eric Nye
  16. Matt Goerke
  17. Daryl Ecklund
  18. Kelly Smith
  19. Broc Tickle
  20. Yoshihide Fukudome
  21. Ryan Dungey
  22. Ryan Sipes

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST SERIES STANDINGS:

  1. Ryan Morais 78 points
  2. Darcy Lange 72
  3. Ben Townley 64
  4. Mike Alessi 56
  5. Branden Jesseman 54
  6. Matt Goerke 54
  7. Justin Brayton 52
  8. Billy Laninovich 50
  9. Jeff Alessi 48
  10. Ryan Sipes 37
  11. Tommy Hahn 35
  12. Ricky Renner 34
  13. Ryan Dungey 28
  14. Robert Kiniry 28
  15. Tucker Hibbert 27
  16. Zach Osborne 26
  17. Broc Tickle 24
  18. Matt Boni 22
  19. Kelly Smith 17
  20. Greg Schnell 14

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped for the final race of the night—Ricky Carmichael’s last Supercross hoorah—the Orlando fans could feel that special something in the air. Down the start straight they went, and it was Chad Reed who flew into turn number one with the lead, with RC quickly making his way into second, and James Stewart dicing his way into fourth. Bubba moved his way into third by the end of lap one, and RC put a pass on Reed to start off lap number two. At the beginning of lap four, Reed cased a triple jump hard, allowing Stewart by and into second. RC and Bubba began pulling from Reed by lap number six, and it was clear to all that we were in for a treat. With the race that everybody wanted to see right in front of us, the entire Citrus Bowl crowd stood as they cheered on their heroes. By lap 10, the two leaders had moved into heavy traffic—which can often times dictate a race—and James pulled to within a half second of Ricky. Lap number 13 marked a temporary changing of the guard, as Bubba worked his way passed RC for the next several laps. True champ that he is, however, RC caught back up to Bubba on lap number 17, and the two would pass each other back and forth a couple more times before James would eventually take it back over for good. RC gave it all he had in his final two laps of Supercross, but in the end, Bubba took the win by a mere .968 seconds. What a race, and what an incredible end to his awesome Supercross career!

“That was the race of a lifetime right there, RC said upon the podium. “That’s what we live for. It’s been an amazing ride, Ricky continuedto the fifth spot. To start lap six, Jesseman got by Laninovich for the lead, and Townley pulled to within a second or two of them both. As they crossed the finish line to complete lap nine, Townley pushed Laninovich wide in the following corner, momentarily taking the lead. Laninovich retaliated quickly, however, with an aggressive block to snatch the position back, ultimately sending Townley to the ground. A lap and a half later, Alessi caught up to Laninovich and made the pass to take over second, and then Ryan Morais quickly made a move of his own to displace Laninovich for third. Next to drop Billy—who had clearly hit the wall at this point—was Darcy Lange aboard his KX250F. On the last lap, Alessi pulled to within a second of Jesseman, but in the final corner, the KTM rider tipped his bike into a tough block, allowing himself to get passed by both Morais and Lange. When all was said and done, the final order was Jesseman, Morais, Lange, Alessi, and Laninovich. Wow!

With Orlando in the books, Morais pulled out to a six-point lead over Lange in the championship points race.

RESULTS:

  1. Branden Jesseman
  2. Ryan Morais
  3. Darcy Lange
  4. Mike Alessi
  5. Billy Laninovich
  6. Justin Brayton
  7. Ben Townley
  8. Robby Kiniry
  9. Jeff Alessi
  10. Tucker Hibbert
  11. Tommy Hahn
  12. Ricky Renner
  13. Greg Schnell
  14. Travis Sewell
  15. Eric Nye
  16. Matt Goerke
  17. Daryl Ecklund
  18. Kelly Smith
  19. Broc Tickle
  20. Yoshihide Fukudome
  21. Ryan Dungey
  22. Ryan Sipes

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS LITES EAST SERIES STANDINGS:

  1. Ryan Morais 78 points
  2. Darcy Lange 72
  3. Ben Townley 64
  4. Mike Alessi 56
  5. Branden Jesseman 54
  6. Matt Goerke 54
  7. Justin Brayton 52
  8. Billy Laninovich 50
  9. Jeff Alessi 48
  10. Ryan Sipes 37
  11. Tommy Hahn 35
  12. Ricky Renner 34
  13. Ryan Dungey 28
  14. Robert Kiniry 28
  15. Tucker Hibbert 27
  16. Zach Osborne 26
  17. Broc Tickle 24
  18. Matt Boni 22
  19. Kelly Smith 17
  20. Greg Schnell 14

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

When the gate dropped for the final race of the night—Ricky Carmichael’s last Supercross hoorah—the Orlando fans could feel that special something in the air. Down the start straight they went, and it was Chad Reed who flew into turn number one with the lead, with RC quickly making his way into second, and James Stewart dicing his way into fourth. Bubba moved his way into third by the end of lap one, and RC put a pass on Reed to start off lap number two. At the beginning of lap four, Reed cased a triple jump hard, allowing Stewart by and into second. RC and Bubba began pulling from Reed by lap number six, and it was clear to all that we were in for a treat. With the race that everybody wanted to see right in front of us, the entire Citrus Bowl crowd stood as they cheered on their heroes. By lap 10, the two leaders had moved into heavy traffic—which can often times dictate a race—and James pulled to within a half second of Ricky. Lap number 13 marked a temporary changing of the guard, as Bubba worked his way passed RC for the next several laps. True champ that he is, however, RC caught back up to Bubba on lap number 17, and the two would pass each other back and forth a couple more times before James would eventually take it back over for good. RC gave it all he had in his final two laps of Supercross, but in the end, Bubba took the win by a mere .968 seconds. What a race, and what an incredible end to his awesome Supercross career!

“That was the race of a lifetime right there, RC said upon the podium. “That’s what we live for. It’s been an amazing ride, Ricky continued as he began getting a bit choked up. “It was so much fun tonight. We were reeling off incredible laps tonight, but he got the job done. It didn’t matter what happened tonight, though. I’ve had so much fun racing with this guy. We’ve really elevated the game, and I’ve had a great time.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Tim Ferry
  6. Grant Langston
  7. David Vuillemin
  8. Kevin Windham
  9. Heath Voss
  10. Josh Summey
  11. Paul Carpenter
  12. Michael Byrne
  13. Keith Johnson
  14. Brock Sellards
  15. Kevin Johnson
  16. Jason Thomas
  17. Cole Siebler
  18. Jacob Saylor
  19. Davi Millsaps
  20. Jeff Gibson
  21. Ryan Clark

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

  1. James Stewart 260 points
  2. Chad Reed 231
  3. Tim Ferry 183
  4. Kevin Windham 166
  5. Ricky Carmichael 160
  6. Ivan Tedesco 136
  7. Michael Byrne 132
  8. Heath Voss 129
  9. David Vuillemin 128
  10. Travis Preston 98
  11. Paul Carpenter 94
  12. Nick Wey 80
  13. Jeff Gibson 74
  14. Nathan Ramsey 67
  15. Josh Summey 56
  16. Tyler Evans 46
  17. Eric Sorby 42
  18. Cole Siebler 38
  19. Manuel Rivas 37
  20. Ryan Clark 32

nued as he began getting a bit choked up. “It was so much fun tonight. We were reeling off incredible laps tonight, but he got the job done. It didn’t matter what happened tonight, though. I’ve had so much fun racing with this guy. We’ve really elevated the game, and I’ve had a great time.

RESULTS:

  1. James Stewart
  2. Ricky Carmichael
  3. Chad Reed
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Tim Ferry
  6. Grant Langston
  7. David Vuillemin
  8. Kevin Windham
  9. Heath Voss
  10. Josh Summey
  11. Paul Carpenter
  12. Michael Byrne
  13. Keith Johnson
  14. Brock Sellards
  15. Kevin Johnson
  16. Jason Thomas
  17. Cole Siebler
  18. Jacob Saylor
  19. Davi Millsaps
  20. Jeff Gibson
  21. Ryan Clark

AMP’D MOBILE AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES STANDINGS

  1. James Stewart 260 points
  2. Chad Reed 231
  3. Tim Ferry 183
  4. Kevin Windham 166
  5. Ricky Carmichael 160
  6. Ivan Tedesco 136
  7. Michael Byrne 132
  8. Heath Voss 129
  9. David Vuillemin 128
  10. Travis Preston 98
  11. Paul Carpenter 94
  12. Nick Wey 80
  13. Jeff Gibson 74
  14. Nathan Ramsey 67
  15. Josh Summey 56
  16. Tyler Evans 46
  17. Eric Sorby 42
  18. Cole Siebler 38
  19. Manuel Rivas 37
  20. Ryan Clark 32